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Candy gifts create smiles

Whether for birthdays, holidays or just any day, Coleen Schock and Jocelyn Foty hope their creations hit a sweet note for customers. They like seeing people’s reactions when they receive one of the candy bouquets they create for CJ’s Sweet Sensations. “When people see them you always ...

Police: Woman forged checks

FAIRMONT — A 27-year-old woman is facing felony charges in Martin County. Kayla Leigh Lundgren has been charged with two counts of check forgery, each of which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Lundgren’s current whereabouts are unknown. According ...

Prairieland faces delays at Wilmarth

TRUMAN — In January, the Prairieland waste-processing facility in Truman received 1,266 tons of waste, with 11 loads of refuse-derived fuel going to Xcel to be converted into energy, and 17 loads unable to be processed for RDF and going to the landfill. In other news, the 2017 Faribault and ...

Ole, Lena return to stage

FAIRMONT — A year ago, “Ole and Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary” brought laughter to the Fairmont Opera House. Now Ole and Lena return with their antics in “Ole and Lena Win a Cruise.” There will be two performances at the Opera House. First, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, then at 2 p.m. ...

St. Paul ladies hosting potluck

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. All members are urged to attend. n Ceylon Legion and Sons of the Legion will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Legion/Legends 2 building. n Just a reminder that Tuesday is also Valentine’s Day. n Condolences to the ...

Renovation project reviewed

GRANADA — Ryan Hoffmann and Dan Thompson, ISC Consulting Inc., presented a summary of the facility project to the Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board on Thursday. Hoffmann and Thompson explained what was promised and then delivered. The plan originally consisted of updating the building ...

Counterfeiting charges filed

FAIRMONT — Two men are facing felony charges in Martin County. Dustin Wayne Lubben, 31, of Ceylon, and Andre Franklin Snell, 31, whose residence is unknown, have each been charged with counterfeiting of currency, which carries a maximum penalty 10 years in prison and a $20,000 ...

Cribbage event slated at Legion

WELCOME — Welcome Legion will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Legion. All members are urged to attend. n A Red Cross blood drive will be Feb. 14-16 at the Fairmont Holiday Inn. Give the gift of life, give blood. Call 1-800 RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767 or go online at redcrossblood.org to make ...

Briefly

Community blood drive scheduled FAIRMONT — The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood donors. To help reverse this shortfall, the Fairmont community is invited to give at the upcoming three-day blood drive. Blood donation is ...

Man facing felony charges

FAIRMONT — A 35-year-old Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County. Joshua Mills Anderson-Rassett has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine. He is also charged with ...

Welcome eyes water tower work

WELCOME — Engineer Travis Winter from Bolton & Menk discussed the new water tower with the Welcome City Council this week. He said the soil boring for the tower is complete, and discussed the scheme for the graphics and water tower colors. Ideas will be put on the Facebook Welcome ...

Science class set for kids

TRUMAN — Marvin and Marlene Ratike are celebrating 65 years of marriage today. Their family is honoring them with a card shower.  Cards may be sent to them at P.O. Box 67, Truman, MN 56088. n Minnesota Association of Townships scholarship program is awarding $1,000 scholarships up to six ...

Pioneer Drive bridge comes down

FAIRMONT — The century-old bridge on Pioneer Drive no longer exists. Crews from Beemer and Companies of Fairmont started the demolition process on Tuesday. The bridge had been constructed in 1915 by O.C. Gould Concrete Construction Company but, due to safety concerns, was closed to ...

Highway 15 work stuck in limbo

FAIRMONT — Martin County commissioners heard some jolting news from County Engineer Kevin Peyman on Tuesday. He presented the board with an update on the status of the Highway 15 construction project, originally set to begin this summer. The project will affect the entire length of the road ...

Public Works plans outlined

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County Engineer Mark Daly presented Public Works business to county commissioners on Tuesday. Daly explained percentage predictions for the upcoming year’s road conditions, and explained Public Works’ Five-Year Construction Plan. With 27 percent of roads ...

Students can become CNAs

SHERBURN — The monthly ribeye steak and shrimp dinner will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Sherburn American Legion. The public is always welcome. n Harold Knuth of Dunnell will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house on Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dunnell. Please ...

Business Briefs

Sukalski wins hospitality award FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Lodging Association recently honored individuals, lodging properties and an industry supplier at its gala awards ceremony at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. Suzanne Sukalski, Hampton Inn, Fairmont, was a recipient for  the Head of ...

Confronting cancer: Family keeps fighting

“Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.” — Charles Spurgeon This truth has been discovered by the family of Aaron and Angie Evenson, whose lives were turned upside down last fall when their young daughter, Rose, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Since then, the ...

Chamber offers update to Blue Earth council

BLUE EARTH — Cindy Lyon, Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce director, discussed the annual budget report and Convention & Visitors Bureau budget during the Blue Earth City Council meeting Monday. The Chamber plans to operate on about a $93,000 budget in 2017, while the CVB budget ...

360-degree virtual reality: Granada native behind tech

The 114 million viewers of the Super Bowl are roughly 380,000 times the number of people in the town of Granada. Yet all those viewers experienced a contribution from the man who still thinks of the town of 300 as "home." Dann Saxton, formerly of Granada, is one of the forces behind VRLIVE ...